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Liliana, the Last Hope
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Liliana, the Last Hope
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2016

Constructed: 4.13
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.38
Multiplayer: 3.67
Commander [EDH]: 3.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Liliana, the Last Hope
There are few phrases I would have less expected to see applied to Liliana than "The Last Hope". Maybe some really obvious ones, like "The Vestal Virgin", or ones from the completely wrong intellectual property like "Friend of the Raptors", but even then I'm not sure. Regardless of her title, she pretty much always delivers the goods in gameplay. A loyalty-increasing Lose Hope variant shuts a lot of decks down outright and can kill a lot of additional things in combination with other cards, and her -2 is pure card advantage for anybody who owns any cards from either Innistrad block. When you add an ultimate as unstoppable and devastating as Kiora's, it makes her into a powerhouse that's certain to show up at tables across many of Magic's formats.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

James H.

Liliana, the Last Hope (8/2)
The first thing that comes to mind with the new Liliana is the other three-mana Liliana, Liliana of the Veil from Innistrad. This certainly won't command the same price tag as Veil did (it’s weaker overall, arguably), but this doesn't mean Liliana is bad; on the contrary, she's quite solid.
Her +1 lets her kill weaker creatures, like mana generators along the lines of Noble Hierarch or Birds of Paradise, without much trouble, and it helps protect her by weakening blows from larger creatures. Her -2 gets you a creature back, and it can also help load up your graveyard in a format that cares about graveyards being filled to the brim. Her ultimate is certainly interesting: it can create inevitability, but it's probably a “win more" kind of ultimate, one that closes out the game better than digging you out of a hole.
Liliana is pretty powerful overall; she’s not as potent as her other three-mana incarnation, but she’s well-positioned to contribute in Standard and maybe Modern. Planeswalkers can be hard to really evaluate, but I’m bullish about her chances.
Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 5
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 3.25
Commander: 3.25

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